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Old 06-19-2012, 01:21 PM   #1
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PLS180,, Has anyone used this thing out side over 50' or 60' with the catcher-detector? I tried on a project to bench mark a bunch of 6X6 post for cutting Did that at the end of the day, went home and didn't trust it So the next day I went back with my water level. I set the laser up again to double check my marks. With the nearest post I set it to the hight of yesterdays marks as I could see the red laser. I then went around the slab and started to stand up each post to check? As I went around I found that the marks were in different spots Up to 1"1/2 off I lost all respect for the laser catcher That thing is a piece of sht I have stopped by the tool shop I got it and got the contact info for the PLS man in my area. I'm gonna let him know about the catcher malfunction. Man it's a good thing I didn't trust that thing, it would have messed up 18-6X6 post and a big roof.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:31 PM   #2
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Similar thing happened to me several years ago. I don't trust them either, constantly double checking them.

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Used it inside yesterday for a kitchen where I could see the red laser on the wall and checked it with a 8' level and all is good? So I think the laser catcher is bad
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I can't remember what they said was wrong with ours. We were setting footing on a school addition. It was like 2 inches in sixty feet. Caught it before it was poured but had to reset the whole s.o.b.

I've fixed a foundation that they used a lazer on it was 1-1/2" in twenty feet. I just trust my eye more. Course just the other day they had footers all screwed up because the guy sighting the builders level was lookin at a different crosshairs every time. I don't know
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Doesn't the PLS 180 have a 50' limit?
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Guess not.


Accuracy: +/- 1/8 inch @ 30 Feet (+/- 3mm @ 10 meters)
Working Range: +/- 200 Feet (61 meters) w/ SLD Detector
Weight: 1.7lbs (.77kg.)
Power Supply: 3 "AA" Batteries
Dimensions: 2" x 2 7/8" x 3 3/8"
Fan Angle 180 Degrees
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ive used mine recently and found it dead on from atleast 50'
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I'm currently debating between the pls180 and the spectra 5.2xl at my local tool store. They keep tellimg me how much better the spectra is. I think I'm goimg to buy that one this week now that I have seen this. Especially with spectras 2 year instant exchange warranty
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I've been tryin to contact them all day, nobody will pick up the phone or even call me back
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The co-owner posts on another forum. Here's his info.
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This is Mike from PLS, Partner and an owner of PLS. First , of course , I regret that a PLS tool reached you in less than best condition. The readership I think know us well enough to know that we take our tools and reputation very seriously and are always willing to assist in a fair and reasonable manner. As you know PLS does not sell direct to our customers but rely on dealers throughout the world to sell and service. We do service tools direct on occasion when asked and many times we are just sent in tools and we will address the problem.
Can I ask why you didn't contact the retail store that you bought the tool from? They do have the responsibility to service your business as they received the profit for their efforts.
I don't think PLS is unlike many companies that try to prevent an abuse of policy. Gee, sometimes we get tools in pieces and are asked for that tool to be repaired for free. That's one reason we can't pay for every tool to be sent to PLS. It's not unreasonable for a company to take that precaution. Would you?
Please call me direct and let's see if I can get the problem resolved quickly for you. Then call the ownership of Hilti and see if they care enough to help you personally. 800 601 4500 Ask for Mike. Any reader can do the same.
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I believe the pls 180 is only advertised for acuracy up to 30'
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I test our rotary laser beforehand. Set it up. Get it running. Mark 2 points 100' from laser on both sides. Turn off, rotate 180 and turn on tocheck points.
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This morning I talked to Megan at PLS and was told to take it back to the tool shop.
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Are they going to repair or replace?
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Are they going to repair or replace?
I have to look through my tool file and find the receipt or go on line and find the American-X statement from when I bought it last year and take it back to the tool shop and see what they want to do? I can't go with out it right now as I have 64 kitchens to start in 2 weeks. It works fine indoors when the detector is not used.
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Why can't you just give them the detector?
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That's what I want to do, I'll go and see?
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DWB, from now on just trust the water level, you can't go wrong with them. I think I'm going to go back to using them myself. While they are convenient sometimes at distances under 30' beyond that I don't trust them. They have lied to me too many times as much as an inch
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I have to look through my tool file and find the receipt or go on line and find the American-X statement from when I bought it last year and take it back to the tool shop and see what they want to do? I can't go with out it right now as I have 64 kitchens to start in 2 weeks. It works fine indoors when the detector is not used.
64 kitchens?
Time to step up to a hilti rotary laser.
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Why? Most kitchens are well within the PLS 180s range. You stick it in the corner and it lights up the whole room.

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